Who We Are

Lakeshore Dynamics is an all-gender a cappella group based in Chicago, composed of post-collegiate professionals who focus on performing and constantly improving to higher levels of musicality, while maintaining a fun and energetic image.
Get to know our current and past members below!

Current Members


Kadi HouseKadi House

Business Manager, Mezzo-Soprano

Kadi was one of the founding members of Lakeshore Dynamics back in fall 2014. She had just moved to Chicago and was looking for a group of friends, when she stumbled upon Mary’s post on meetup about starting a group; it was perfect timing! Music was always a part of Kadi’s life growing up, from piano lessons, choir, and musical theatre, to teaching herself guitar, songleading at her synagogue and occasionally writing her own music. Kadi sings Mezzo in LSD and serves as our Business Manager. Originally from Los Angeles, Kadi is a Cali girl at heart; loves the beach, sandals, yoga, and being a vegetarian.

Corson Barnard

Music Director, Arrangements Chair, Alto

Corson joined LSD in 2017 after graduating from the University of Chicago. She was in The Ransom Notes for her four college years, eventually serving as their music director and marketing chair. Since then, Corson has been working as a freelance composer and music director, gathering credits from several Chicago companies and venues including The Second City, Victory Gardens Theater, and Rhinofest. When she’s not wasting time watching bad TV or Hallmark movies, Corson enjoys painting, sewing, and maximizing the value of her CTA pass.

Kat Bovbjerg

Operations Manager, Mezzo-Soprano, Vocal Percussion

Agnes OtapAgnes Otap

Secretary, Alto

Agnes joined Lakeshore Dynamics in May 2015, five months after inadvertently completing her undergraduate degree a semester ahead of schedule. As a senior, she was recruited as one of the founding members of UIC’s premier a cappella group, Downtown Voices. Upon graduating, she was sorely missing the regular opportunity to sing. Agnes has been involved in various Chicago vocal ensembles since the third grade, including the WYHS Concert Choir and the UIC University Choir. Outside of singing, Agnes enjoys travel, video games, Netflix, and impersonating Kadi House.

Sean HoffmanSean Hoffman

Treasurer, Bass

Sean is a recent addition to LSD and a classically trained bass/baritone. He minored in music as an undergrad at Kenyon College, where he served as the president of the audition choir and an all-male a cappella group. Since college, Sean has been a member of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Chorale, the Emory University Community Choir, and the Turtle Creek Chorale of Dallas, TX. Sean is an attorney and active with a charity board for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. You can visit his professional website at www.millennium.legal. A Chicago native, he loves biking along the lakefront.

Luis RivasLuis Rivas

Assistant Music Director, Tenor

Luis joined LSD in 2017, having lived in Chicago for most of his life. He majored in music at Haverford College, having composed pieces for string ensembles, percussion, piano, and wind ensembles as well as performing tenor art songs and opera pieces. Music and a cappella have been a huge part of his life since high school, having been a part of the Saint Patrick High School (Chicago, IL) “Shamrockapella” group and the Haverford College (Haverford, PA) “Ford S-Chords” group. In his free time, you’ll likely find him playing video games, watching cartoons, eating all kinds of food, or working on a musical project (he’s currently working on multiple a cappella multitracks and an album!).

Lizzie AmundsenLizzie Amundsen

Marketing Chair, Website Manager, Soprano

Lizzie has been a member of Lakeshore Dynamics since 2016, ten years after she initially moved to Chicago in 2006. Music has always been a part of her life. The piano was her first instrument. Throughout secondary school, she played French horn with the band and with the symphony orchestra. She also sang in several choirs, musicals, and with her high school jazz band while pursuing private vocal training outside of school. During her college years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, musical outlets were hard to find, so she picked up the banjo. Today, she enjoys singing with Lakeshore Dynamics. Her interests include art, music, scuba diving, skiing, traveling, hanging out with her friends and family and eating delicious food.

Jason HeilweilJason Heilweil

Outreach Chair, Tenor

Jason joined LSD in early 2016.  Music has been a passion of his for as long as he can remember; from performing at elementary school talent shows, all the way to making the finals of Chicago’s Big Break vocalist competition – he loves to entertain. Jason was part of stage productions in high school all four years, played open mic nights and competitive singing gigs in college and has auditioned for Glee, The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol more than 12 times combined… and he doesn’t plan to stop there.  His favorite karaoke song is I’ll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men and will sing it happily on command. He loves writing, sports, sushi, travel, good old fashioneds and anything that has to do with the water.

Torin SchusterTorin Schuster

Assistant Website Manager, Baritone, Vocal Percussion

Torin joined LSD in 2015 shortly after moving to Chicago from living abroad in Taiwan. A cappella and music have been his major passion since his first role as a freshman in the high school musical, Oklahoma! Since then he has participated in competitive jazz and vocal choirs, played lead and minor characters in dozens of musicals, recorded professionally for ESL companies in Taiwan, and been a part of two all male A cappella groups including Colorado College’s the Back Row. As a Colorado Native, Torin’s favorite audition song is Rocky Mountain High by John Denver. He loves architecture, the outdoors, and all things Asian!

Megan HuchingsonMegan Huchingson

Social Chair, Soprano

Megan moved to Chicago June of 2017 and joined Lakeshore Dynamics in August of 2017. Music has always been an integral part of her life. She started performing in talent shows at a young age, joined choir in high school, was the lead singer for her sorority band in college, and has booked jobs as a wedding singer. While in-between jobs, she worked as a production assistant for American Idol. Megan received a degree in Architectural Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. She now works for Accenture in healthcare consulting. Outside of music and work, she runs a makeup business, loves staying fit, and meeting new people.

Evan BellEvan Bell

Tenor

Evan grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, and joined LSD shortly after he moved to Chicago in Fall 2015 to pursue a career in musical theatre. He has been singing for over 18 years, with a wide variety of musical experiences including musical theatre, jazz, classical, and barbershop groups. He has previously performed with the Northern Colorado Voices, Sound of the Rockies, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with a few notable artists including Ben Folds, Imogen Heap, Katy Perry, David Crosby, Jimmy Messina, and JR Richards (Dishwalla). If you quote The Office at him, he’ll automatically like you more.

Sarah RitterSarah Ritter

Alto

Sarah joined LSD in 2015 after hearing about a group of singers who sing on Tuesday nights from her former roommate from nursing school. After singing karaoke multiple times a week, she decided that organized singing might be a good fit and potentially help her spend less money tipping/bribing the karaoke DJ. 😉 Sarah played classical violin for several years when she was younger where she learned to read music and learned about music theory. This skill helped her transition to a cappella singing with Lakeshore Dynamics. During the day, she works as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. She enjoys all stereotypically nerdy things (fantasy novels, role playing, board games, science)!!!

Charlie McClellandCharlie McClelland

Tenor, Vocal Percussion

Charlie joined LSD in 2017 after moving to Chicago in 2015 from Philadelphia following his college graduation. Music has been a part of his life from the beginning, as his parents are professional classical musicians in Philadelphia, but he developed his passion for music in his high school choir, a cappella group, and musicals. In college, he was a part of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club, the Penn Pipers (a barbershop group), and Penn Dischord (a co-ed a cappella group). Hit him up to make music, play board and video games, and explore all the restaurants and shows Chicago has to offer!

Benjamin AliceaBenjamin Alicea

Tenor

Ben is a new addition to the group. Originally from Puerto Rico, he comes to us from sunny Southern California. Singing is his main passion, his background is primarily performing for Theatre, Theme parks and Cruise lines. He is super excited to be joining this amazing group of singers! Aside from singing he enjoys travel, movies and the ocean.

De’Andre Warren

Bass

De’Andre joined LSD in 2018. He grew up in Santa Cruz, CA before moving to Chicago to study Biology and Chinese language and culture at the University of Chicago, and he is now pursuing his medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. He loves cats, foreign languages, and scouring the streets of Chicago in search of the best tacos in town. His favorite genres of music are Jazz, Funk, and EDM. When he’s not studying 24/7, you can find him playing basketball, watching anime, or singing bass lines in the shower.

Mike MattarMike Mattar

Bass

Mike Mattar is a 24-year-old bass in Lakeshore Dynamics. He is orignally from Buffalo, NY, and has lived in Chicago since 2015. He enjoys singing challenging music, eating juuuust a little too much, and long naps. His life long goal is to find a way to make the world a better place, or at least one day own a home. While the future is uncertain, you can rest easy knowing Mike’s warm low voice will be holding down the bass section of LSD.

 

 

 


Past Members